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Today's Opinions

  • E.M. Pope was blacksmith in Vandalia

    Elijah M. Pope began work as a blacksmith when, at age 16, he was apprenticed to learn the trade.

  • Local control of schools is best

    Years ago, in a movie called "Network," a now-famous line was uttered by a ranting television journalist. After recounting his concerns about the direction society was heading, he urged his listeners to go to their windows, lean out  and yell: "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These three siblings, pictured in 1960, grew up in Fayette County.

  • Banks of the Okaw

    This week’s Mystery Banks Photo: These Cub Scouts, pictured nearly 50 years ago, are from the Vandalia area – and several still live here.

  • The Way We Were

    15 Years Ago

    1998 – Students at Vandalia’s junior high and high school were being asked to address concerns voiced by local residents about students walking into traffic before school, during lunch and after school.
    The Vandalia City Council was considering a one-block extension of Kennedy Boulevard, by renaming the 100 block of South Third Street.
    Brownstown’s Erik Sefton was chosen to participate in the fifth annual Central Illinois All-Star Basketball Game.

  • Ordinance a concern to area farmer

    Editor:
    I have lived in Fayette County all my life. Forty years ago, I moved to the country to avoid zoning laws that infringe upon my freedom. Now, the county board is trying to slip county zoning through in the guise of an ordinance. We fought and beat county zoning several years back! I, for one, have a lot of questions about the new proposal.
    “ABANDONED VEHICLES” – I personally do not have any abandoned vehicles, but I should have the right to have a “parts” car if I want one.

  • L-U starts new photo feature

    They bring back memories of the candy section and creaky wooden floors of G.C. Murphy on Gallatin Street and the ice-cold root beer at A&W.
    Because of that, it’s quite appropriate that the Facebook page started by Kathy Schultz is named “Vandalia Memories.”
    And while the Facebook page does, indeed, stir many memories, it’s also a great display of Vandalia’s past for all ages.
    Schultz started the Facebook page a little more than three years ago, and since then, hundreds of old Vandalia photos have been put online.

  • Enjoy the history at Lincoln festival

    In normal times, a person can’t go very far in Vandalia without running into something connected with Abraham Lincoln.
    This weekend, it’ll be downright impossible.
    The reason is that this weekend Vandalia will be hosting an event called the Lincoln Heritage Festival on the grounds of the Vandalia Statehouse – with spillover activities in several areas of the community.